Hanway and Lyons (2003)
|Hanway and Lyons (2003)|
|Title:||Teens OK With Letting Music Downloads Play|
|Author(s):||Hanway, S, Lyons, L|
|Citation:||Hanway, S., & Lyons, L. (2003). Teens OK With Letting Music Downloads Play. Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing, 97.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||The Gallup Youth Survey is conducted via an Internet methodology provided by Knowledge Networks, using an online research panel that is designed to be representative of the entire U.S. population. The current questionnaire was completed by 517 respondents who had participated in the prior survey, aged 13 to 17.|
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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Gallup Youth Survey of February 2003 had found 47% of teens saying they use the Internet for downloading music. Legal issues aside, Gallup wanted to know where teens stand on the morality of downloading music from the Internet without paying for it. In an August 2003 Gallup Youth Survey, 83% of teens (aged 13 to 17) said that it is morally acceptable to download music from the Internet for free. The August finding was part of a broader question asking teens about the moral acceptability of a number of items.
Main Results of the Study
- 83% of teens (aged 13 to 17) said that it is morally acceptable to download music from the Internet for free.
- Downloading free music was by far the item most likely to be deemed morally acceptable by teens, surpassing items such as divorce (which 67% of teens found morally acceptable), gambling (61% morally acceptable) and sex between an unmarried man and woman (57% morally acceptable).
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- Since the question did not explicitly mention copyrights or authorizations by the recording industry, some teens may have responded with the recognition that downloading free music per se is not a crime. On the other hand, it may simply be that teens do not feel an obligation to the music industry to pay for music.
- The survey data suggest that teens may not be inclined to give music downloading voluntarily anytime soon, and any effort to curb downloads by teens will fall on parents, law enforcement, and the recording industry.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Teenagers|
|Period of material under study:||2003|